The Oakland Raiders were able to get back on track in Week 8 with a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at O.co Coliseum. Terrelle Pryor and company were impressive to say the least in the matchup with the Steelers despite playing poorly in the second half.
Although Pryor was basically a non-factor in the second half against the Steelers, the up-and-coming quarterback left an impression on veteran safety Troy Polamalu. The two-time Super Bowl champion said the following about Pryor after facing the young quarterback for the first time via Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
“He might be more elusive than Michael Vick,” Steelers safety Troy Polamalu marveled afterward. “We didn’t see anyone catch him on tape.”
With Pryor torching Polamalu and company for a historic 93-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game, the seven-time Pro-Bowler making this statement really comes as no surprise.
Ironically enough, Pryor doesn’t look all that fast once he breaks loose on the gridiron. Despite the fact that Pryor doesn’t appear to be fast, the quarterback continues to elude defenses on a weekly basis and is arguably one of the most dangerous mobile gunslingers in the NFL this season.
The next challenge for Pryor will be facing off against the struggling Philadelphia Eagles in Week 9. Fortunately for Pryor, the team’s best offensive lineman might be ready to go against the Eagles with left tackle Jared Veldheer potentially getting back on the field. Veldheer’s presence up front might make Pryor that much more dangerous to opposing defenses with more time to work with.